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Bullfighing Essay

1557 words - 7 pages

Bullfighting in the Modern World

Bullfighting is a traditional spectacle of western countries like Spain, Mexico, France, Philippines, and Columbia in which bulls are baited, and thereafter killed in a bullring for entertainment of the audience. Even though it is a blood sport by definition, many followers of this spectacle consider it as a fine art and not as a sport because it lacks competition elements in the proceedings. As it is practiced today, bullfight involves professional toreros who practice different formal moves that can be innovated and interpreted according to the bullfighter’s school or style. It is alleged that the fighters seek to elicit art and ...view middle of the document...

They are neither prey nor predator. Local authorities have failed to prove that by removing the bulls from the ecosystem, the population of the protected species will be at a threat. Therefore, the ecosystem should not be damaged by the removal of the bulls from the dehesas. Finally, the owners of these dehesas can choose to use their land in different ways without any regard to whether or not they keep the fighting bulls. Therefore, it is up to the government to make sure that such wildlife and land is protected. To achieve this, many laws should be put in place. Furthermore, many organizations charged with protecting the dehesas has failed to identify any benefit of breeding the bulls to the delicate ecological balance of these dehesas (Whiting, 2006).

The bullfighting industry claims that it is an art of universal character, represented by musicians, painters, writers, and sculptors. Presently, bullfighting takes place in only nine countries in the world. A good number of countries have enacted laws that have banned it. Also, certain parts within the bullfighting countries have banned bullfighting; for example, Canary Island in Spain. Many artists and politicians from across the political field have opposed bullfighting. Even if others believe that bullfighting is a culture or tradition, this cannot justify cruelty to the bulls. No matter where in the planet it happens, cruelty is cruelty and it has no place in a modern society (For a Bullfighting-free Europe, 2011).
Economy and the people
Players in the bullfighting industry and its supporters claim that bullfighting is very important to the economy of Spain and the surrounding regions. They claim to provide four million working days, four hundred long term full-time jobs, and about three thousand seasonal jobs. They further claim that the industry is a major tourist attraction in Spain as well as an important spectacle for the Spanish people. However, actual data provided by the bullfighting industry presents a different picture. In reality, less than four hundred people are employed full time throughout the year by the bullfighting industry in Spain (Whiting, 2006).
There is no money generated by the bullfighting industry. The profits only end up the hands of very few people belonging to the elite class of the bullfighting industry. The rich members of the industry know that their business is in recession, so they do not cut their own profit. Instead, they request for public money to sponsor a large percentage of their expenses. In Spain, the bullfighting activities are highly subsidized by the entire levels of the government. It is estimated that more than five hundred million euros of taxpayers’ money is channeled to the pro-bullfighting industry very year in Spain (Davis, 2002).
Many sectors of the industry get subsidies from the government, including : bullfighting fun clubs, bullfighting schools, breeding and slaughtering of bullfighting bulls, pro-bullfighting museums, payment to...

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